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22.5.2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Cast Announced for
The Hong Kong Ballet’s Season Finale
Paquita.Bolero.Carnival+


[Hong Kong – 22nd May 2015] The Hong Kong Ballet announces today the cast list for Paquita.Bolero.Carnival+, a fantastic mixed bill production featuring 5 international guest stars, including the Company’s two Guest Principal Dancers, Tan Yuan Yuan and Jurgita Dronina; Alice Renavand (Etoile, Paris Opera Ballet), Florian Magnenet (Principal Dancer, Paris Opera Ballet) and Edwaard Liang (Artistic Director of BalletMet). Four highly anticipated performances will be held from 29th to 31st May 2015 (Friday to Sunday), at the Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre. A Le French May Arts Festival 2015 programme, Paquita.Bolero.Carnival+ is one breathtaking finale you do not want to miss! 


The Hong Kong première of Alexei Ratmansky’s charming and fun one-act ballet Le Carnaval des Animaux (The Carnival of the Animals) is certainly one of the focal points. Other highlights from the programme include: the world première of Bolero, choreographed by the company’s most talented choreographers, Yuh Egami and Ricky Hu, an insightful new piece set to Maurice Ravel’s music of the same title; a guest appearance by the company’s newly appointed Guest Principal Dancer, Jurgita Dronina (Principal Dancer, Dutch National Ballet), who will perform in the Grand Pas Classique from Marius Petipa’s Paquita; Letting Go, a new work choreographed and performed by Edwaard Liang (Artistic Director of BalletMet) with the company’s longstanding Guest Principal Dancer, Tan Yuan Yuan (Principal Dancer, San Francisco Ballet); and the pas de deux from Angelin Preljocaj’sbeautiful and moving masterpiece, Le Parc, performed by Alice Renavand (Etoile, Paris Opera Ballet) and Florian Magnenet (Principal Dancer, Paris Opera Ballet). Hong Kong’s audiences will enjoy this authentic French experience by the renowned couple from the prestigious Paris Opera Ballet.

Cast List
 
29.5.2015 7:30pm
30.5.2015 7:30pm
30.5.2015 2:30pm
31.5.2015 2:30pm
Paquita (Lead Roles)

Principal couple

Jurgita Dronina*

Jurgita Dronina*

Wei Wei

Wei Wei

Pas de Deux from Le Parc
 

Alice Renavand*

Alice Renavand*

Florian Magnenet *

Florian Magnenet *

Letting Go
 

Tan Yuan Yuan*

Tan Yuan Yuan*

Edwaard Liang *

Edwaard Liang *

Bolero (Lead Roles)
 

Liu Yu-yao

Liu Miao-miao

Lucas Jerkander

Li Lin

Le Carnaval des Animaux
Lion

Li Jia-bo

Lucas Jerkander

Jellyfish/Swan

Gao Ge

Wang Qing-xin

Elephant

Liu Yu-yao

Liu Miao-miao

Cockerel

Shen Jie

Xia Jun

Hen

Candice Adea

Naomi Yuzawa

Corps Hens

Naomi Yuzawa

Peggy Lai

 

Yuri Moriwaki

Machi Muto

Horses

Shunsuke Arimizu

Jonathan Spigner

 

Li Lin

Gong Yi Wen

Kangaroos

Leung Chun Long

Murman Kikalishvili

 

Chen Zhiyao

Vanessa Lai

Turtles

Frank van Tongeren

Frank van Tongeren

 

Charles Andersen

Hui Ka Chun

 

Yui Sugawara

Dong Ruixue

 

Jessica Burrows

Liu Wei Nan

Birds

Yui Sugawara

Dong Ruixue

 

Jessica Burrows

Liu Wei Nan

 

Naomi Yuzawa

Peggy Lai

 

Yuri Moriwaki

Machi Muto


*Guest Appearances


Paquita.Bolero.Carnival+

Performance Details:
29th May 2015 (Fri) 7:30pm
30th May 2015 (Sat) 2:30pm & 7:30pm
31st May 2015 (Sun) 2:30pm
4 performances

Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
HK$1,000 (VIP ticket) $680 $480 $280 $140
Tickets available at URBTIX now

Suitable for ages 6 and above

Ticketing Enquiries: 3761 6661
Credit Card Booking: 2111 5999
Internet Booking: www.urbtix.hk
Programme Enquiries: 2105 9724

Discounts 
50% offFull-time students, senior citizens, people with disabilities (Limited tickets for students and senior citizens available on a first-come, first-served basis. This discount cannot be used in conjunction with other discounts.)
15% offFriends of The Hong Kong Ballet
10% off
(First two tickets)
Members of Chung Ying Theatre’s Energy Fun Club plus, Zuni's Friends, CCDC Dance Generation Premium members, HK Phil Club Bravo members, Friends of HKCO and Friends of HKDC
Group Booking10% off for every purchase of 10-19 tickets at regular price, 15% off for 20-40 tickets

Patrons can enjoy only one of the above discounts for each purchase.

Programme Plus!
Pre-performance Talk
29th May 2015 (Fri) 6:50pm
Level 2 Foyer, Hong Kong Cultural Centre

Stop by the second floor lobby to get a deeper insight into this evening’s programme. Learn more about Paquita, Marius Petipa’s ballet, first staged in Russia way back in 1847. Also learn about the world première of Bolero created by Yuh Egami and Ricky Hu, two of The Hong Kong Ballet’s dancers, and most talented choreographers. Set to Maurice Ravel’s famous orchestral piece of the same name, Bolero is set to be a memorable début for the Company. Rounding out the talk, discover the secrets behind Alexei Ratmansky’s Le Carnaval des Animaux. Complementing this event will be an appearance from artistic members involved in the production. Don’t miss this chance to take a closer look at these programme highlights before it begins.

The programme is approximately 20 minutes long. Free admission with Paquita.Bolero.Carnival+ tickets. Conducted in English with Cantonese translation.

Enquiries2105 9743 | education@hkballet.com


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About Hong Kong Ballet

One of the premier classical ballet companies in Asia, The Hong Kong Ballet is becoming internationally recognised as a world-class institution that represents Hong Kong’s unique character. Since 1979 the Company has evolved into a vibrant performing arts organisation with accomplished dancers and a strong repertoire composed of a range of stunning, technically challenging productions, led by Artistic Director Madeleine Onne. www.hkballet.com 

For further information, please contact:
Tiphanie Chan

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Li Jia-bo as LionBolero in rehearsalLiu Yu-yao as Elephant
Li Jia-bo as Lion
Photo:
Cheung Chi Wai. Le Carnaval des Animaux costume courtesy of San Francisco Ballet

Bolero in rehearsal
Dancers:
Liu Miao-miao, Hui Ka Chun and Leung Chun Long.
Photo: Mac Flow
Liu Yu-yao as Elephant
Photo:
Cheung Chi Wai. Le Carnaval des Animaux costume courtesy of San Francisco Ballet.Ballet
Jurgita DroninaEdwaard LiangFlorian Magnenet
Jurgita Dronina.
Photo:
Serguei Endinian

Edwaard Liang.
Photo:
Chiun-Kai Shih
Florian Magnenet
Alice RenavandTan Yuan Yuan 
Alice Renavand Tan Yuan Yuan.
Photo:
Chris Hardy